As you remember, on Wednesday night, I was hit with the stomach flu. It was the first time since I've been a parent (nearly six years) that I questioned my ability to take care of my children. I felt so horrible that I knew I wouldn't be able to much of anything. So, since J was heading out of town, I called upon my sister, who stepped up big time.
And thank God she did. Although I didn't vomit yesterday, I couldn't get out of bed. At one point, I needed to bring my laptop downstairs to charge and it took me an hour and a half to muster the energy to do so. Whenever I tried to sit up to drink something, the nausea set in. But the worst part wasn't actually feeling sick. It was feeling useless. I couldn't stand that my sister was taking care of everything and all I could do was sit there like a blob.
The thing is that I'm really not good with being unproductive. Lazy doesn't work for me. I wish it did. But, if I sit around for more than a few hours, I start going stir crazy. And being trapped in my bed for 20+ hours was just too long for me.
So, at around 4 p.m., I got out of bed. My sister wouldn't let me do much of anything, but it was better than sitting quarantined in my room. And that's when it started to happen. I started feeling better. Like a lot better. Moving around wasn't making me nauseous. I could eat. A little anyway. It seemed like this stomach bug was really a 24 hour thing.
At 7 p.m., once the girls were in bed, my sister left and I ran through my nightly routine. Made the girls lunch. Cleaned up the house. Started the laundry. I felt pretty much back to normal. Sure, I was only eating pretzels and drinking tea, but I figured I was all good. So, (and this is what you are going to yell at me for), I decided to workout. I put in the DVD for P90X Shoulders and Arms with Ab Ripper X.
I know it was stupid. And I know I should have been resting. But I was bored. And I felt OK. And really, it was fine until I got to Ab Ripper. And then, I wanted to punch myself in the face. I swear, sometimes I really don't think these things through ...